2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

The Reese’s Senior Bowl has become the premier event to watch college football players, and I was lucky enough to attend this year. As I sit here and reflect on this past weekend, a few names stand out to me.

Those that know me, or who listen to our podcast regularly, know which group I went to first: the quarterbacks, of course. I didn’t get a chance to attend practices due to prior events so I had to play catch-up.

I found my source and started firing away.

I first asked which quarterbacks did teams seem to talk about the most. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the two most talked about among social media: West Virginia’s Will Grier or Missouri’s Drew Lock. I have to say, however, Drew Lock does have that typical pro-style passer physique.  At 6’4″,  225 lbs, he stands tall in the pocket. 

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Pro Bowl Day 2: Let the Flag Football Championships begin

Dayna O’Gorman,
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

What started out as a rainy, windy day in Orlando, ended with perfect temperatures, hot dance moves, and a whole lot of fun.

The NFC practice had to be moved indoors due to the weather. With that change, it allowed the NFC practice and the AFC practice to be held at different times, which allowed fans to be able to watch both conferences. Today I attended the AFC practice.

Quarterbacks Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), DeShaun Watson (Houston), and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) took turns running plays with the team while head coach Anthony Lynn watched from a distance, letting coaches Gus Bradley and others take over.

The QBs ran a few running plays, but when they switched to passing plays, it seemed to turn into a game of keep away. The defense made their presence known by grabbing interceptions and blocking passes. Let’s just say, it was a good thing there weren’t any officials on the field. It was all in good fun and the players loved it.

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Pro Bowl 2019 is a full week of fun

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Pro Bowl isn’t just a single game that is played the week before the Super Bowl, it is a week-long series of events that allow fans to get close to their favorite players,  and allows players to give back to the community.

Starting Wednesday at ESPN Wide World of Sports, which is located inside the Disney campus in Orlando, Florida, fans can enjoy the Pro Bowl Experience. A free football festival that allows fans to do multiple activities including the 40-yard dash, and obstacle course, vertical jump, precision passing, and more.

Throughout the week there are many community events, the youth NFL Flag Football playoffs and championship, and celebrity Flag Football game with Snoop Dogg and Deion Sanders serving as team captains. The High School Coach of the Year will also be announced this week.

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Dear Saints Fans

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Hi Who Dats!

It’s me, Sonja.  Congrats on an amazing 2018 season!  I was hoping your team was going to make it to the Super Bowl.  Can’t have enough 40+year-old quarterbacks there, right?  I would have really liked to see Drew Brees cap off an MVP caliber year and ride off into the sunset with a Super Bowl victory.  I’m sorry that it can’t happen because of officiating.  And that is an awful position to be in.  As a Detroit Lions fan, I, unfortunately, know all too well about poor officiating leading to bad outcomes.

Where shall I start?

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Romo as OC in Dallas could help Prescott

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Dallas Cowboys made it to the Divisional Round only to see their season end against the Los Angeles Rams, finishing with a 10-6 record and champions of the NFC East.

Despite the demands of some fans and media analysts that believe it is time for head coach Jason Garrett to go (including myself), there is someone who could take the offensive play calling to a whole different level. That someone is former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Romo was ousted out of his job as signal caller in Dallas after an injury in preseason paved the way for then rookie, Dak Prescott to earn the coveted job. After a spectacular rookie season in 2016 and a 13-3 record, Romo knew his time in Dallas was over. He was even seen on the sideline of the final game saying, “Wow, it is his time.”

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The OTFB Podcast’s NFL preseason picks – how did we do?

Well, we are nearing the end of another action-packed NFL Regular Season.

Each year, on the OTFB Podcast, Lisa Johnson and Dayna O’Gorman, along with some special guests, make their pick for who will win each division. This year Kate Arhar (that’s me!) was their special guest and they also put up some Twitter polls to gauge who the fans believed would win.

We thought it would be fun to take a look back and see if they were right or wrong!

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Remembering 9/11: The Year the NFL Stood Still

Official Reporter, Chicago Bears

 

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

*Editorial*

Seventeen years ago today, the unthinkable happened on American soil. The United States became the victim of a horrific crime on humanity when it was attacked on September 11, 2001.

Almost every American can remember that day as if it were yesterday. I remember it well. I received a phone call from a friend early that morning asking me to turn on the news. I was shocked to see that a jet airliner had hit one of the Twin Towers in New York City. We discussed several possibilities as to what lead to the crash. Did the pilot have a heart attack? Or did the plane malfunction?

It wasn’t until I was looking at the screen did I see the second plane come around the bend straight for the second building. My reaction was simple, “Whoa, this is bad. Amiee, America has been attacked!”

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The fan’s perspective on NFL preseason

Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman //@DaynaOG

Ah, preseason. The time of the football year when anything is possible. Rookies have breakout games, veteran players fight for contract extensions, and offensive and defensive plans are solidified.

Oh and the injuries. Those season-killing, soul-crushing injuries.

There has been a lot of talk about preseason and how to rework it. I decided to go to twitter to ask fans what they thought of preseason.

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Do NFL Rookies Get the Gravity of Money?

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman / August 16, 2018

He gets it. Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Carl Nassib shares his thoughts on investment with teammates on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

“We got a lot of money right now, right? This is the easiest equation to make you rich. You have a million dollars and after seven years getting 10% of the money every single year, you are making money off of it, you’re going to double it after seven years. You’re gonna double it every seven years for 42 (expletive) years, you get 64 times your original (expletive) money. So if you got a million dollars you’re gonna end up with 64 million dollars by the time you retire.”

Drafted by the Browns in 2016, Nassib signed a 4-year contract worth $3.2 million, with a signing bonus of $890,000 dollars. Now, let’s assume he lives off of just the signing bonus, which is $222K, and invests the rest, he can have a very nice financial cushion upon retirement.

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My Thoughts on a Shady Situation

Official Lions Reporter

 

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

By now,  you’re all aware of the news that broke Football Twitter yesterday morning around 11 am.  Just in case you’re not, here’s a brief recap.  Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was accused by his ex-girlfriend’s best friend of beating his ex-girlfriend, beating a dog so badly that it put the dog into kidney failure, and beating his son for wetting the bed.  She also accused him of using drugs and PEDs.

McCoy then released a statement saying that the claims are false and that he hasn’t had any contact with the people who were involved for months.

Obviously, things are looking terrible for McCoy right now.  While yes, the circumstances are a little suspect around the entire thing and we don’t know the entire story, domestic violence in the NFL has been brought back to the forefront.

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